ULJA30010 - Beginners' Japanese (enhanced)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: Students with no prior knowledge
  • Co-requisite: This enhanced level is open to final year students only (credit).
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course (this course follows the same timetable as ULJA10010)


This course is for beginners and aims to give a basic knowledge of spoken and written Japanese in communicative contexts. This is achieved through individual, pair and group work and self-access listening and reading materials including web-based material.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. understand spoken Japanese in various contexts
  2. talk about themselves and others and interact by means of simple questions and answers
  3. read and write the syllabic hiragana and katakana scripts and begin to acquire kanji characters.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, which include pair and group work.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written test (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 20%. Independent learning dossier (four tasks, 10%). Assessment will normally take place during week 12
  • Semester two: Oral (20%), Listening (15%), Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Independent learning dossier – one extended open task (10%), (to be handed in the week before the Easter break, normally 7 or8). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment


Dr. Sandra Torres

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry 

22 per group

Set texts

Sakano et al Genki I , Second Edition(Japan Times). ISBN:978-478-90-1-440-3.

Recommended texts

Oxford Starter Japanese dictionary (ISBN: 0198601972) OR Oxford Kenkyusha Japanese Learner dictionary, and Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs (ISBN: 0198603827). More information at the Oxford University Press website.


ULJA20110 Pre-intermediate Japanese, or ULJA20010 Intermediate Japanese depending on results.


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.